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Software Companies Taking Liberties With Your Computer


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Old 08-26-2017, 02:23:55 AM
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Default Software Companies Taking Liberties With Your Computer

I was on my credit card web site (always with my own USB internet hook-up and not on WI-FI) when Avast pops up and asks if I'd rather use their "Safe-Zone" web browser to access my bank.

Now, first off, why the hell is my anti-virus supplier paying attention to what I'm doing on my bank and why are they always trying to sell me crap. Next time I turn my computer on, there it is, the Avast Safe Zone Web Browser, on my desk top and in my tool bar. I did NOT OK its installation!

I uninstalled it! And then I Googled, "Avast just installed their Safe Zone web Browser onto my Computer and I'm Pissed!

Go ahead, try the link!

Anyway, Avast is fired! Anyone have a good anti-virus / firewall program to recommend?
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When I was doing more Windoze stuff I was very impressed with F-prot. But that was a decade ago. Might be bloat ware by now.
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Update: looking at reviews, seems F-prot has sold out to someone else, and subsequently hasn't been updated since 2011. Guess the guy who wrote it took the money and bailed. A shame. Was a great program. The reviews now seem to favor Bit defender, but I know nothing about it, so not recomending it.
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:15:16 AM
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Default Re: Software Companies Taking Liberties With Your Computer

I fired avast a long time ago. I had the same exact problem. I've used bitdefender for a little while and seems to be a lot more stable without all the assware!! Low n behold hackers probably know more then we do about ourselves.
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Norton is what I would suggest...it is nice as you can turn it all off or leave certain tools on to customize your protection.
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I installed Bit Defender on my sister's PC, no issues so far and I like it, 10 devices, win version designed for Win8-10 but they'll issue a license for the most recent version compatible with old Win. It does seem to update a lot, could be a good thing.. Like Win10, it chugs away doing things but not easy to find out exactly what it is doing.. They give you the major upgrades released within your subscription period.

Maybe best to avoid Kaspersky
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:56:47 AM
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I've had Avast paid subscription for a couple years now. I never clicked on the safe zone browser but I'm sure it is running in background. Schitt.

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Seems F-prot has sold out to someone else.
Same problem with ALL of them. Young upstart company tries hard and makes a name for itself and then gets gobbled up by multi-nationals that screw it up. Avast, Norton, whatever, they all end up in this boat. To them, it's a money wagon. To us, it's having extras pushed in our face and support that doesn't do English well.
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Harry, on W10 machine I run just windows defender. over 2 years, no issues. I run spybot anti beacon to stop w10 calling home.

My budget is tight, so I look for free programs. I have run free versions of Superantispyware, Iobit malware fighter for years on W7 machines, XP before that. I also run spybot anti beacon because W7, 8 have been updated to report home just like 10.
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I've used AVAST for many years.
In one of their latest updates I got the same notification.
Go to settings and uninstall the components you don't want.
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I have used ESET NOD 32 Antivirus for years. It is a great company. You can call it for information and get a human being who is not only knowledgeable, but is very willing to help you.
Just for the halibut a couple of years back, after reading some discussion on here, I did a free trial of Malwarebytes anti virus. It did its thing, but essentially told me that ESET had been doing its thing, and doing it well! Then I felt like a real heel for doubting ESET.
ESET and Epson are two computer related companies I will recommend anytime to anyone. They have great customer service with friendly human beings who will talk with you.
Also, for the Canucks on here, I will recommend FIDO. Again, fantastic service people, both in its stores and on phone calls.
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